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CONTACT Photobook Fair
Sunday May 6, 11am – 5pm, 2018
Stephen Bulger Gallery, 1356 Dundas St W, Toronto

The CONTACT Photobook Fair brings together more than 20 independent publishers and leading contemporary photographers to present newly released publications. The Fair offers a number of book signings, an exhibition by Toronto Photobook Library, and the opportunity for emerging photographers to present their projects at The Book Dummy Sessions. This event was conceived with the desire to create a space for practitioners and book enthusiasts to build connections, discover new projects, and exchange ideas on books and photography.

Local and international publishers include Ahorn Books (Berlin), Archive of Modern Conflict (London), Anchorless Press (Toronto), Aperture Books (New York), Bywater Bros. (Port Colborne), JMS Press (Toronto), J&L Books (New York), Les Éditions du renard (Montreal), Mörel Books (London), Spaces Corners (Pittsburgh), and TBW Books (Oakland); with book signings by Robert Burley, Bertrand Carrière, Ruth Kaplan, Charles-Frederick Ouellet, Cristian Ordóñez, Louie Palu, Dietmar Riemann, Guillaume Simoneau, and Donald Weber.

Artists who are in the advanced stages of developing a photobook are welcome to have their work seen by a publisher or photographer featured in the Fair at The Book Dummy Sessions. Through casual one-to-one meetings individuals will receive conceptual and practical insight about their projects. RSVP to

Established by photographer Zackery Hobler, The Toronto Photobook Library creates temporary reading rooms to engage with a curated selection of photobooks. The theme for this iteration Big and Small, points to the vast scale on which the medium spans from small-run, self-published books to genre-defining anthologies.

Related Programs

The Photobook: New Projects & Collaborations
May 5, 6:30 – 9pm at 450 King
Panel Discussion – Free and open to the public
In conjunction with the CONTACT Photobook Fair a number of exhibiting publishers will present their recent projects and collaborations.

Visual Language: How Pictures Speak to Each Other
May 5 & 6, 10 – 5pm
Workshop – Register here
Spending time with the Toronto Reference Library's Picture Collection, New York-based photographer Jason Fulford will guide artists through in-depth discussions and hands-on activities centered around the processes of editing and sequencing images.

The Burtynsky Grant
Deadline April 30 – Submission details here
This $5,000 annual grant is intended to support Canadian photo-based artists who are in the advanced stages of developing a photobook. The jury is looking for submissions from those that have created a book dummy, are currently seeking funding to work with a publisher or to self-publish, and who have had little to no prior opportunity to publish a photobook.

Visit CONTACT’s website for details.

The 2018 Festival programming will be announced April 1.


Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival
80 Spadina Avenue, Suite 205
Toronto, Ontario M5V 2J4
T 416 539 9595
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CONTACT fosters and celebrates the art and profession of photography with an annual Festival in May and year-round programming in the CONTACT Gallery.

CONTACT, a not-for-profit organization founded in 1997, is generously supported by Scotiabank, Nikon Canada, Pattison Outdoor Advertising, La Fondation Emmanuelle Gattuso, Vistek, Dentons Canada LLP, Toronto Image Works, The Gilder, Transcontinental PLM, 3M Canada, Waddington's Auctioneers and Appraisers, Four By Eight Signs, Beyond Digital Imaging, BIG Digital, First Gulf, Steam Whistle Brewing, Art Toronto, The Gladstone Hotel, The Globe and Mail, NOW Magazine, CBC Toronto, and Canadian Art.

CONTACT gratefully acknowledges the support of Celebrate Ontario, Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, Ontario Arts Council, The Government of Ontario, Partners in Art, Canada Council for the Arts, the Howard Webster Foundation, Mondriaan Fund, Goethe-Institut, the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council, and all of our funders, donors, and programming partners.





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